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What Am I Still Doing Here?: My Life as Me
What Am I Still Doing Here?: My Life as Me
by Roger Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest writer working anywhere, 18 Mar. 2013
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I have only one question. Why is this book not still the number one humour best-seller? If you are old enough (30+) and clever enough (proper degree from a proper university, not a jumped-up former polytechnic) you cannot fail to laugh out loud at every page. Hidden beneath the dyspeptic world view is beautifully written prose that says everything that should, and needs to be said about the UK today. If you value good writing and an an uncompromising view of life rush to order this now.


The Oddball English
The Oddball English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly observed, 18 Mar. 2013
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Annie Harrison has hit a rich seam with her on the money observations about The Oddball English. Page after page she never fails to hit the nail on the head whether its to point out that the further north you travel, the more friendly the welcome. That its important in a dog-filled household the visitor needs to pay as much attention to the canine members of the household as to the human ones. I laughed my socks off, Of course I did, I'm Scottish and clearly not an oddball at all, and indeed Ms Harrison should you be interested, I am also a stranger to a deep fried Mars Bar which is an English invention - bit like tartan.


The Middle-Class ABC
The Middle-Class ABC
by Fi Cotter-Craig
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really is a treat, 13 Nov. 2012
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I was expecting the usual how to be middle class guidebook but re-visiting the bunting-clad cover I'm wondering why I could possibly have thought that? Just one look should have told me this was different. It is BRILLIANT, brilliantly funny, brilliantly observed, brilliantly written and brilliantly drawn. I think to get the full joy of it it needs to be passed round a dinner table (or as I have discovered from the book itself)'kitchen supper'table which has now replaced the moribund dinner party - and read out loud. No 'quirk' of the modern middle classes is left unturned - whether its the Kirstie Allsop (accurately renamed Kirsty Allposh for the book) inspired mania for 'Knocking Through' or the ridiculous names of the children of modern middlings everything is spot on. But then I suppose it would be, the authors are called Fi and Zebedee so I suppose they know a thing or two about Boden, Bunting and Boxed Sets. And as they would, and do, say quite often in the book - 'What fun!", it really is


Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars With a backlight it would have been 5 stars, 6 July 2011
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What on earth is the point of creating a brilliant device like this and not including a backlit facility? I know it's meant to recreate the book reading in electronic form but guys, come on, it's 2011 and one of the best features of Kindle on the iPad is that it DOES have a backlight and you can read in bed without disturbing your partner. Truly, your decision not to include a light is like deciding to make an omelette without salt or pepper.

Also if using on public transport like I do it would be more helpful to have the page turn keys top and bottom rather than right and left which is where I naturally hold the 'book'

Apart from those two gripes, it's a great product and as long as you can cope with the above I suggest you get one. NOW
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The Shape of Her
The Shape of Her
by Rowan Somerville
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great read, 10 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The Shape of Her (Paperback)
Normally I spend part of the summer in Greece. This year I didn't, but having just finished The Shape of Her I feel the Hellenic loss less keenly, while I was immersed in it I swear I could smell the wild thyme and oregano so accurate and evocative is the writing

Not only that - it perfectly captures the joy and frustration of first love and leads us from that heady youthful exuberance into a much darker reality illustrating perfectly that not only are we all the sum of our parts we are the sum of all our experience.

If you like clever, sensitive, evocative writing - a plot with a few twists and some startling revelations, likeable and accurately drawn characters, but above all if you love Greece this is a book you MUST read


Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty
Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty
by Catherine Bailey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 carat joy, 6 April 2009
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I had bought this months ago after reading an excerpt in I think, The Sunday Times, thinking thought it looked 'interesting'. It sat in the pile of books beside my bed and about a month ago I finally I got round to it. What on earth was I thinking waiting so long to read it? It is easily one of the most absorbing stories about the Aristocracy and working classes I have ever read. Full of revelation, tragedy, pettiness on a titanic scale and one character who is revealed as the mother from hell, whose treatment of one of her sons is completely jaw-dropping in its cruelty. The book is written not as a dry starchy history lesson but instead feels as if a close friend is telling you a very absorbing story.

The classes involved, Ruling, Upper and Working are dealt with even handedly with no particular bias towards one or the other. When I think of the hoo ha that accompanied publication of Amanda Foreman's 'The Duchess' to which this could easily be compared, I can't understand why more fuss wasn't made of this. It's just a brilliant, engrossing story fabulously told and if you are interested in recent British history it simply shouldn't be missed


Spendsmart: How to tackle debt, know your money mind and make your cash go further
Spendsmart: How to tackle debt, know your money mind and make your cash go further
by Benjamin Fry
Edition: Paperback

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Book at The Right Time, 10 Feb. 2009
Was this book ever manna from heaven? I was put onto a three day week a month ago and apart from the horror of that my real fear was that I was just going to max out on my cards again and dive straight back into the debt pool I'd managed to crawl out of in the last two years. It working for me because it helped me focus, work out what was really important (being able to go out with friends) and what I could put to the bottom of my needs list (shoes). The best thing is that when you read it - everything that Jay Hunt and Benjamin Fry have written makes sense. What has amazed me is that I have managed to feel a sense of achievement as a result of their advice rather than I'm having a grim time and life's not fair


Mr Toppit
Mr Toppit
by Charles Elton
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the hype, 8 Feb. 2009
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I think the marketing hype for this book hasn't done it any favours: a spoof ad in The Times on the day of publication, impressive website dedicated to "The Hayseed Chronicles" - Mr Toppit would have been an instant best-seller without any of the clever dick stuff. It's almost impossible to categorise because it crosses or touches on many different genres, but it quite simply one of the best books I've read for years; brilliant characterisation, clever plotting, an achingly touching 'hero' in Luke Hayman and also funny, funny, funny. A brilliant, subtle satire on celebrity culture and a very realistic portrayal of a family more dysfunctional than Jonathan Frantzen's Apparently it took Charles Elton 15 years to write Mr Toppit, I just hope he pulls his finger out and delivers his next a bit quicker.


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